Anzac spirit and tradition belongs to us all

Many of you will be reading this today after an early start for Anzac Day dawn services in towns around the region.

Some will have their own memories of war, others will go along to services and marches to pay their respects for those who have served or are currently serving our country.

Many will have marched proudly in parades wearing medals of their own or those belonging to a family member who may no longer be around to march for themselves.

While the numbers of older veterans at services and marches are dwindling, the Anzac spirit lives on.

A great example of this is the Tasman Football Club's decision to don a commemorative guernsey for the Anzac Day match and season opener at Centenary Oval today.

It's made all the more special by the fact that the guernsey features local war veteran David Jones. It is no doubt a special moment that Mr Jones and his family and friends will treasure.

It is the time of year when we all realise just how much football is ingrained in our culture and community.

Of course, it's also a time when characteristics of the Anzac spirit like mateship, courage and good humour are seen not only on ovals but in communities right around the region.

These characteristics, like the Anzacs themselves, have made us all who we are today.

The spirit of the Anzacs was reflected in the young people who stood vigil at Port Lincoln's War Memorial throughout the night last night and at other memorials around the nation.

These youth vigils allow young people in the community from a range of backgrounds to experience how the Anzac tradition belongs to us all, no matter what our age or cultural heritage.

Young faces in dawn service crowds are also a promising sign for the future of Anzac Day events.

Numbers at Anzac Day services right across the region seem to grow each year.

As Australians, we are united and we must keep the Anzac tradition alive and strong for our future generations to appreciate our country and our unique way of life.

Those who have fallen will not be forgotten, and will not only be remembered at future Anzac Day services, but every day as we embrace the freedom they fought for.

Lest we forget.